Mauricio Pochettino cannot wait for the chance to come back to St James Park.

It will be only 15 months since the last game of the 2015/16 season, when already relegated Newcastle, hammered already qualified for the Champions League Tottenham 5-1.

I think fair to say most Newcastle supporters would settle for 4-1 this time…

Mauricio Pochettino says that ‘To start at St James Park will be very motivating fur us’.

The Spurs boss believes that memories of that match are too important now but that both he and his team will have it in their minds as extra motivation.

As for Newcastle, to get Tottenham first match is a tough one. Spurs ended last season with 12 wins in their final 13 Premier League games, only failing to win the league because Chelsea were so good.

Tottenham ended the 2016/17 season with two away games, beating Leicester 6-1 and Hull 7-1, so Rafa Benitez will have to be his guard.

Newcastle have a bit of a Premier League run going themselves, having ended the 2015/16 relegation season with an unbeaten run of six games, three wins and three draws.

To extend that run to seven matches would be a confidence booster, even if it was only a point to kick the season off.

Two wins in that 2015/16 season against Tottenham shows that you can go out and try to win every match, the only thing to fear is fear itself.

Mauricio Pochetino:

“We are starting to prepare the season and we cannot wait to start again.

“This is a moment for our players to enjoy their holidays and try to recharge the batteries but for us, we are thinking about starting the season in the best condition.

“I’m always positive about the fixtures.

“It’s true, the Premier League is tough and we start in Newcastle, that will be exciting because it’s our first game and then our first game at Wembley is against Chelsea, I’m sure the fans will be excited for that as well.

“Newcastle is another motivation for us.

“The way that we finished the season before (2015/16) is not too much important now but we’ll have that in our mind to motivate us (after losing 5-1 at St James Park) and we will try to win.

“Next season will be exciting and to start at St James Park will be very motivating for us.”

The full 2017/18 schedule:

12/08/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (h)

19/08/2017 15:00 Huddersfield Town (a)

26/08/2017 15:00 West Ham United (h)

09/09/2017 15:00 Swansea City (a)

16/09/2017 15:00 Stoke City (h)

23/09/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion (a)

30/09/2017 15:00 Liverpool (h)

14/10/2017 15:00 Southampton (a)

21/10/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace (h)

28/10/2017 15:00 Burnley (a)

04/11/2017 15:00 Bournemouth (h)

18/11/2017 15:00 Manchester United (a)

25/11/2017 15:00 Watford (h)

28/11/2017 20:00 West Bromwich Albion (a)

02/12/2017 15:00 Chelsea (a)

09/12/2017 15:00 Leicester City (h)

13/12/2017 19:45 Everton (h)

16/12/2017 15:00 Arsenal (a)

23/12/2017 15:00 West Ham United (a)

26/12/2017 15:00 Manchester City (h)

30/12/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion (h)

01/01/2018 15:00 Stoke City (a)

13/01/2018 15:00 Swansea City (h)

20/01/2018 15:00 Manchester City (a)

31/01/2018 19:45 Burnley (h)

03/02/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace (a)

10/02/2018 15:00 Manchester United (h)

24/02/2018 15:00 Bournemouth (a)

03/03/2018 15:00 Liverpool (a)

10/03/2018 15:00 Southampton (h)

17/03/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (a)

31/03/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town (h)

07/04/2018 15:00 Leicester City (a)

14/04/2018 15:00 Arsenal (h)

21/04/2018 15:00 Everton (a)

28/04/2018 15:00 West Bromwich Albion (h)

05/05/2018 15:00 Watford (a)

13/05/2018 15:00 Chelsea (h)



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    the 1st games of the season always throw up some shock results

  • Simon Ritter

    Jackie: Middle of paragraph five, before the “too” cliche, you are missing the important word “not”. I’ve just booked the Megabus from London so I sincerely hope this encounter will prove as much fun as the previous one.

  • TubbyMunky

    I wonder if Moussa will be playing for the Spuds..